How To Take A Summer Break From Your Blog

Why a summer break is important and what to do in your summer vacations

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Girl going to take a summer break with suitcase in her hand

It’s time for my yearly summer break and the right time to enjoy the summer vacations with my family. How about you – are you planning one too?

Why should you have a summer break? How should you prepare yourself? What would you do in the summer vacation?

These would be some of the questions in many working minds – especially of bloggers and workaholics!

I know not everybody likes to take a summer break. Some people can’t afford to take one even if they want to, due to the work overload, responsibility, or monetary reasons.

But I’d say – if you can, you should. 🙂

My thoughts are very clear about summer breaks. For me, this is the time to have real quality time with my family.

For that to happen, I really need a BIG break from blogging!

No, no. I don’t hate blogging, nor do I have a ‘blogger’s block’. In fact, I love it so much that I just want to go on and spend all my time blogging.

You see, that’s the main problem!

What really happens is that I tend to go overboard sometimes and shove my personal and social time into the work furnace!

However, each year, this summer break comes as a boon for me and allows me to take a break from blogging. It helps me to take a break and have a perfect work-life balance that is so essential.

So, I’m going to have a BIG summer break this time, to enjoy with my family. What are your plans?

I have taken a summer break each year, as most of you know, but I’ve always carried my work with me. That isn’t really a break! However, this time I intend taking a good time off.

In addition, I’m going to take a hard stand and really adopt a no-work policy, which includes not being on social media too!

Now, that’s really a challenge, isn’t it?

Let’s talk about it.

“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

Why Do We Need Summer Vacations

Some of you might think that summer vacation is a term closely related to school education.

For schools, the length of the summer vacation varies from country to country. In my country, the school summer break is for about 4 weeks or 2 months.

Some schools have it extended up to 6 weeks, especially where it gets very hot during the summers.

There are good reasons to have a summer break in the schools, which also are almost the same for everyone else.

The 3 good reasons to have a summer break are:

1)      For schools, it helps prevent over schooling and saves children from depressions, nervous disorders, anxiety, and burden. For bloggers and workaholics, a break during the summer prevents burnout and refreshes them.

2)      In many equatorial and southern hemisphere countries, it saves kids from over exposure to the heat and sun. In some places, like my own, the temperatures rise up to nearly 50 degrees Celsius or 122 degrees Fahrenheit! It’s almost like being in an oven!

3)      The family gets an opportunity to travel together as a unit. This is one of the best bonding times for the family, and a time to meet the extended family too.

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Bloggers and workaholics in any discipline need such summer breaks for more reasons besides the ones mentioned above.

Sometimes you just get fed up of working endlessly, or the work gets too demanding and you need motivation to cope with it. It just becomes too overwhelming at times!

That is the time when you need a break.

Yes, I’ve written about break earlier too – I wrote a post about taking a blogging break just before the winter vacations, when I took a few days off.

So, its break, break, and break time! These are so important in maintaining your continuity of work.

My main aim to take a summer break is to take care of my health, give time to my children, get the family bond together, and possibly travel to a few places.

“A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” ~ Morris Fishbein

Family taking a vacation to travel

How to Prepare For a Summer Break

I’m not taking this summer break casually – but almost literally!

Summer is the time when your productivity is at the lowest. It is when you must leverage more of your time by devoting it to develop the personal and social aspect of your life.

That’s because most of the time during the year, you’re busy working on the professional aspect of your life.

No doubt, professional development is essential and you need to make money to survive. Nevertheless, you also need to balance your work and life.

So, if you’re a blogger or workaholic like me, do the following to prepare for your summer break.

1. Write a post about taking a summer break. You must do that so that your blog community members and readers are not disappointed when they visit your blog and don’t find a new post.

2. Use the vacation autoresponder of your email service. Since I use Gmail, I’m going to set up a short message intimating everyone that I’ll be replying after I return from my summer vacations.

3. Convey the same message on social media. You may actually learn to wean off from the social media or reduce the time you spend on the social networks. (I wonder if I can ever do that!).

If you wish, you may keep posting occasionally about how you’re enjoying your summer break, just to keep in touch with your fans and keep your social account active.

There is absolutely no harm visiting a few blogs occasionally, as and when you get time, just to keep in touch.

Even if you don’t, I am sure all your blogging friends won’t forget while you are gone, and will understand the reason for your absence. Am I right?

However, just make sure that you aren’t on social media as much as before, because that would be getting back into your old routine and you’ll miss enjoying your time with your family, friends, or spouse.

If you work in an office, you might want to hand over the charge or responsibilities to your colleague. Make it clear to the people in your office or company to contact you only in cases of emergency.

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That’s it. Now, you’re all set to embark on your break without having to worry about anything.

“What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace.” ~ Ellen Goodman

Picture of a beach where SUMMER is written by hand

What to Do During Your Summer Break

Let’s first talk about what you should not do when you’re on a vacation.

  • DO NOT open your laptop or hook on to your iPhone or iPad to read your mails.
  • DO NOT reply to messages and answer the comments. (All this is a reminder for me and very tough for me to do!)

C’mon! You’re on a vacation and this is not one of your casual break. You’re supposed to completely cut-off from your work.

Avoid taking your business calls as they might get you glued to your mobiles or smartphones when your family wants you to be with them.

However, you can do the following things that may bring a happy and positive change in your life.

a)      Sleep early – get your full sleep quota! More than anyone else, this is a reminder to myself. The summer break will allow me to get back to a healthy sleep routine.

b)      Get up early and enjoy your morning walks that you might have missed all this while. Take up exercises again and practice meditation – doesn’t matter if you’re holidaying as you can indulge in these activities anywhere you are.

c)        Have fun, watch movies, party out, go for picnics, or do things that make you feel free and light. Cherish and ingrain memories, as these will keep you rejuvenated for a long time.

d)      Socialize, not virtually – but in the real world! Go and meet people, take up new hobbies or pick up the old ones, play your favorite game or sport – just don’t sit with the TV, computer, mobiles, and other gizmos!

e)      Take this opportunity of a summer break to help at home, help other people, or do some social work.

This list is not comprehensive by any means. I want you to add to it.

If you want to know more about the do’s and don’ts of taking a summer break then read this article on Huffington Post.

What do you think you can do in the summer break that will recharge you and make you happy?

Remember that like smoking and sitting, workaholism too might be killing you. Americans need the vacations the most, read this to know the reason, though sadly they rarely take one.

“I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Some Fears Bloggers Have If They Take A Summer Break

Being a blogger myself, I can well understand the fears that run through their minds or the guilt if they don’t work and take a break during summers, or anytime for that matter.

Many bloggers fear that they may lose blog traffic, regular visitors, or site rank if they stop blogging. But does that really matter so much?

I am sure you can recover the rank, traffic, and visitors, once you are back. You would be more focused and productive, and of course, full of energy to take charge.

If you believe in building relationships with fellow bloggers and have understanding friends in the Blogosphere, they would always be by your side because they too take breaks.

Do you stop visiting their blogs once they return? No, you do not.

Instead, you welcome them back, ask them how their break was, and resume your visits from the very same day, isn’t it? So, they would do the same with you.

However, if you still have doubts, then it’s up to you and your priorities. I’d give priority to my family, at least when my kids are also having a summer break at school.

As a blogger what you can do, as many others do, is to schedule your posts in advance for the days when you’ll be taking a break or vacation.

However, that way you may not be able to respond to the comments or promote your posts, other than the automated ways.

Not to mention the overload of comments, notifications, mails and messages piled up once you are back! I used to do this until last year, but never again.

I realized that I was still opening my laptop, replying to the comments, making my regular visits, promoting my post. So where was the REAL break?

While I did all that, I was not really being ‘present’ with my family. I was nether enjoying my summer break, nor fully into blogging.

That is why I preferred to give a complete break to my blog this time and really take it easy. I think I deserve it, don’t I?

My Blogging Break

I wouldn’t be taking a really long break this summer. Instead, after my break for about 2 weeks, I will be back and working on the blog in the background and making some important changes.

I cannot do this when I blog, and I am sure you understand that to move ahead and make changes, you need time, which I plan taking out during this little break.

I might even send newsletters to my blog email subscribers and keep them updated on the latest. So, if you aren’t on my list yet, subscribe now to keep in touch!

Not to mention, that even my husband would be joining hands and collaborating with me to make this blog better.

I hope you know that he wrote his first post on this blog recently on Father’s Day, just in case you missed it.

I will be around for a few more days to catch up pending work and the comments, and then leave on the 16th of June. So, if I don’t visit your blogs or respond to your messages and emails, I hope you understand. 🙂

Watch out for my next post on 8th July! You’ll have some surprises, new things on the blog, and a totally different me when I return. 🙂

Until then, happy blogging and happy holidays – but you can always visit the old posts that you’ve missed and comment there.

Do also take your much deserved summer break – you need it too!

Over to you –

What are your plans for this summer? Are you planning to take a summer break? Have you planned something special for this year’s summer vacation – share with all of us!

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  1. Mohinder Verma

    May 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    First of all I would like to give many thanks for sharing this awesome post. Because this is about an individual or about a family.

    Secondly I do agree that everyone needs vacations to relax and to renew their power to work more again.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

  2. Trevor Barre

    April 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Great advice and something we should all do, thanks

  3. Abrar Mohi Shafee

    December 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Nice post, Harleena. Actually it’s quite hard to go for a leave while a active community running. I think, you might’ve gone through loads of works after you got yourself back at work.

    But to cope with the dull and monotonous writing experience, I think a break is important. Otherwise we might not be give our 100% efforts.

  4. Umair Butt

    August 3, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I am feeling very comfortable after reading this summer break article. With my blog i can take Summer Break. Wao this is really awesome.

  5. karan singh chauhan

    July 12, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I love to take Summer Break regularly. Thanks for sharing this post.

  6. Rahis

    July 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I was feeling a little guilty that I will be taking a long break and going to India for the first time. But reading your post I feel I deserve it. For weeks now I have been day dreaming and feeling really burnt out. Lucky for me that I am taking an adventure holiday and cannot take my laptop. Thanks for the tips.

  7. M Nirmal Anandh

    July 1, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Hi Mam,

    Have a break… Have a Kit Kat…

    Nice post mam. Happy Vacation. Expecting Sooon… Anyway enjoy your vacation well and come back with great ideas and post. For me, having a break and not blogging is not possible i think. But, you have listed out do’s dont’s to follow. I ll make a try. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Rashmi

    June 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Nice blog.. very interesting stuff.. i do follow u r blogs
    There’s more to enjoy other than blogging, it’s a cool idea to take a break and explore our outer world, staying away from all these kinda stuffs.

  9. Ntathu Allen

    June 28, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Hopefully by the time you receive this message, you’ll still be on holiday. In fact, I challenge you dearest friend to take the whole of July off as a form of mental and blogging/work detox Your body and spirit is calling out for a break and you know how important good health, rest and relaxation is for future productive. You are too precious and have too much to give NOT to care for yourself. Well done and thanks for leading by example. Hugs always

  10. George

    June 28, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Hello Harleena and thanks for this post, in my opinion all of us (bloggers) need some vacation time, but it is really hard to compete with other blogs in our respective niches by taking a full vacation( meaning doing nothing, but swimming on the sea and enjoying the sun), because in this way our traffic will drop and it will take much time to bring it back to its normal levels. This applies mostly to sites run by a single person and not a team. Anyways thanks again for the post.
    Cheers!

  11. Dorien Morin-van Dam

    June 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Harleena,

    I have a twist on my summer break. I was called to Europe early June to go home and visit my family and say goodbye to my father who was in the last stages of his battle with cancer. I booked a three week trip, hoping I would get some quality time with him. I left my husband, four kids and my clients. After only four days, my father passed away. I was in the right place at the right time and able to grieve and help my mom and siblings without distractions of my own family. Once the funeral was done, I realized I had another – very unexpected – two whole weeks of ‘vacation’ in the Netherlands. Taking care of mom was the easy part; she was happy to care of me. I have been able to work, play and grieve and the change of scenery has inspired new blog ideas and many more blog posts then I ever thought would come out of me in two weeks’ time. The lesson I found is that at home I am distracted by family, household chores, 3 dogs, 4 kids, the phone ringing and everything else. Here I was in charge of just me and my computer. Jet lag has thrown me for a loop, so physically I am tired, but mentally I am refreshed and rested.
    This is NOT how I wish a ‘vacation’ on anyone, yet I feel it has been a blessing for my family, myself and my business. I am more resolved now than before to also play with my kids this summer and take frequent breaks! The mental breaks are so important.

  12. metz

    June 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hi there Harleena!

    It’s an awesome blog post! Love the topic!

    Summer break, sounds very tempting. Blogger is a known work where you can work what whenever and whatever time you wanted but of course with a good planning of schedules, blog breaks could be possible.

    Quality time and relaxing, could give you a break to be inspired, to be motivated and to be refreshed from a tiring working day.

    You need to spoil yourself even a little. Life is about being happy with people you love, not being happy because of money and luxury.

    I have shared this comment in the content syndication and social bookmarking and networking website for Internet marketers – kingged.com where this post was found.

  13. olili Bob

    June 23, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Hi Queen,

    I really missed been here, I have been a little busy with so many things lately but I said i have missed some of your recipes hence I dropped by. A very nice article you have here, We are scared of alot atimes and in return we lose everything. There is nothing better than taking some time off from work to be with family especially those who you have not had time for because of work. Making out time to create that connection as well as have fun with them. To me, summer break is very important because after a break like that you will definitely feel refreshed and get a better focus to be more productive.

    Nice article.

    Regards
    ~Bob

  14. Suprabhat

    June 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Mam

    I had already took a long break due to my exam so can’t take Summer break this year.
    But i like the words you written
    Sleep Early
    Wake Early and take the time in between as a Summer Break.
    I just like to follow this steps from now as in my mind i always have my blogging plans which cause me to sleep less.

    I hope you understand

  15. AAmir Awan

    June 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    Thanks for sharing such an amazing tips with all of us, i really appreciated your work. I also planing to break blogging for summer vocations and in my point of view nature is a best place for peace of mind because doing hard work on daily basis is really harder for everyone and taking some rest is necessary for everyone.

  16. Ravi Chahar

    June 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Sorry for being so late.
    It’s been long time I haven’t remain active. But now it’s time for summer holidays and I can work.
    You are right for the people who are workaholic, they should take a summer break to spend some quality time with their family. The main problem occurs when people get engaged with their work so much that they can’t even spend some time with their family.

    Once a year even busy people can take a break. It will freshen them up. But the problem occurs when people try to check their mail, comments even in the middle of holidays. I don’t think that’ a break.
    As you said there is no need to check anything related to work.

    Thanks for such a great post though summer break is the time to work for me still it’s good for busy bloggers.
    Have a memorable summer break.:)

    ~Ravi

  17. Verniers

    June 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Great article.

    Blogging is that type of business in which we can take holidays as per our plans. No one is our boss. But I agree we should planned this break such as it will not hurt the blog and readers.

  18. Himanshu Rawat

    June 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Even a machine cannot work continues even if it is designed to perfection in that particular stuff. We are humans so taking a big break can help us rejuvenate and recharge ourselves.

  19. Dr. Diana

    June 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    You really deserve this break. You have two responsibilities on your shoulders first is family and second is blogging. Bloggers and people always wait to read something unique from you. Thanks for starting a blog for newbie bloggers like me.

    Thanks
    Diana

  20. Ahsan

    June 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Hello Harleena,

    Blogging is sometime a tired some work. Everyday a blogger needs to publish content, share content in different social network, comment on others site etc. So it sometimes makes us boring.

    A break certainly gear up & gives new energy with full vigor. I also love sometimes visit my neighborhood & relatives. It helps me relieve monotonous life.

    Anyway have a nice Summer Break 🙂

  21. Theodore Nwangene

    June 21, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Going for a summer break at one point in time is very necessary,
    As they say, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy, it will not only enable you to have some rest but, it will also replenish your strength.

    Whenever you come back from a break and you want to start doing whatever work you’re doing again, be it blogging or any other thing, you will notice that you will experience some inflow of energy more than you were before you went for the break.

    So, it should be a part of our life schedule.

    Hope you’re having fun Harleena 🙂

  22. Brandon Kramer

    June 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    You have posted very nice story. I am first time visiting on your site. I am inspire with your article. You give a great idea to all. I like summer vocation so much.

    Thanks for sharing this great idea with us 🙂

  23. Mema

    June 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I was feeling a little guilty that I will be taking a long break and going to India for the first time. But reading your post I feel I deserve it. For weeks now I have been day dreaming and feeling really burnt out. Lucky for me that I am taking an adventure holiday and cannot take my laptop. Thanks for the tips.




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How To Take A Summer Break From Your Blog

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